The Mahogany Tree was a well-known, rather forbidding landmark in the Valley, said to be more than 100 years old. It represented Anguilla’s simple but noble lifestyle. It was spreading, shady and gigantic tree, but in 1971 it fell and is now only a dead relic. Nevertheless, it is still the focal point for meetings and many notices are posted here.
The Mahogany Tree was the name given to the central area for business and commerce were peasant farmers, fishermen, butchers, and other vendors came to sell their goods. The Tree was also the site of one of the island’s main ‘stand-pipes’ where weary travellers used to stop in quest of a refreshing drink of water. So iconic was the tree that it appeared on one of Anguilla’s stamps.
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